Couples rickety back isnt slowing him


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fred Couples said he has some “machines” with him this week that help him prepare his sore back for play.

Couples didn't elaborate on what devices he was speaking about. By today’s end, those “machines,” whatever they are, might be the next big fad for golfers with rickety backs. So might Couples' 'sport-hybrid' Ecco golf shoes.

Couples said after Saturday’s round that his back feels like it's going to break before he stretches it out. He said it hurts most bending over. He was thankful he won himself late tee times so he could loosen it up. Those Ecco shoes he's wearing don’t have spikes but traction bars made of thermoplastic polyurethane.